Aaero is a rhythm based game with a bit of combat thrown in for good measure, featuring 15 licensed tracks from various artists, does Aaero hit all the right notes? Read our review to find out.
It’s been a while since I’ve played a rhythm based game, such as the likes of Boom Boom Rocket, which I really liked, although I was never really fond of the Guitar based games. Seeing Aaero at EGX last year I was interested in getting a full hands on with it, and here we are. Aaero is an easy game to pick up, yet difficult to master, there’s only 3 controls to the game, moving your ship using the left thumbstick, aiming your crosshairs with the right thumbstick and shooting with the right trigger. It seems simple at first, but as you progress through the game using all three in combination does become challenging.
There’s 15 levels in total, each having its own licensed soundtrack, of which you’ll find from artists such as Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Katy B, The Prototypes and Neosignal to name a few. Now, I’ll admit I’m a bit of an “oldie” when it comes to gaming but all these tracks are fantastic, and what I would call “bangin’ choons” (do people still use that?), coupled with the aforementioned simple to learn gameplay, and online leaderboards you’ll soon find yourself addicted, and a quick 5 minute go soon turns into an hour or two.
So, the point of the game is to follow the ribbon along the tube-like track, keeping as close to it as possible, and rack up your score, with obstacles and enemies thrown in now and again to keep you on your toes. There’s a few outdoor sections where the focus is on shooting at enemies, but you’re still restricted to the circular movement of the tunnel sections. Shooting enemies is as simple as “painting” them with the crosshairs and pulling RT, however doing so in time with the music well net you a better score than shooting out of time, this is shown visually as laser shots when on time and as slow moving rockets when out of time with the music.
Following the ribbon as close to 100% as you can and killing all the enemies, including finding hidden targets will net you a huge score, as well as a star rating thus climbing the leaderboards. There’s Boss battles every 5 tracks or so too. There’s advanced and master difficulties to unlock to further challenge yourself once you’ve mastered the tracks on normal. Or, if you just want to chillout and play without any life restrictions there’s a mode dedicated to that too. Visually Aaero is crisp, brightly coloured and as slick as its soundtrack.